The most critical constraints in creating my Fistcycle project are as follows:
- Creating a design that looks how I want but is also rideable. Designing a bicycle frame from scratch has been difficult. Extending or changing the shape of a tube or two from a current design is simple, but a larger deviation from the common “triple triangle” design such as mine is difficult, with many tradeoffs between function and aesthetics.
- Integrating componentry. Not only designing the frame to accommodate the available componentry for bikes but also finding and integrating components that go with my vision for the project.
- Time, Access and Money. Seems unfair to lump this into one but I find these are always critical constraints for projects. A project such as this can always use more time to get every little detail perfect. Also, I have only limited access to most of the tools and equipment necessary to work on this project. Its usually easier to throw money at certain aspects of a project such as the componentry in this project, however operating on a shoestring budget limits choices and leaves little margin for error.
- Finding Tubing Materials. Finding and determining a reasonable material for the tubing has been a challenge. There are several choices and many tradeoffs.
- Fabrication Skills. My initial skills and experience with welding and tube bending required for this frame are minimal and this is requiring a lot of on the job learning.